Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Navarro, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Robert Syms 
THP 1-16-090 MEN (Mendocino Mustard THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 475 acres; 70% transition, 30% variable retention logging.  North Fork Navarro River, Middle Navarro River, Ray Gulch (MD: T15N R16W Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owls, maple leaved checkerbloom, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/09/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NW of Navarro, CA and Highway 128 in Mendocino County at an elevation of 560 to 1,680 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment inside areas designated for cable logging, and construct a seasonal road on steep slopes between 65% and 70% grade.  They also want to use an existing mainline road inside a class I (year round) watercourse (Mustard Gulch), and use 2 seasonal roads with debris slides originating at or below the outside of the road prism.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Maple leaved checker bloom was found within 150 feet of a road, and within 550 feet of the nearest harvest unit.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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